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How to Use

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Make sure to review the previous section first for more information on the different components in your Byteflies Kit.

Table of contents
  1. How to Use
    1. Connect your Docking Station
      1. Power it up
      2. Connect it to the Cloud
      3. Check the Status of your Sensor Dot(s)
    2. Apply the Sensor Patch
      1. Motion Patch
      2. Cardiorespiratory Patch
      3. Brain Patch
    3. Start or Continue a Recording
    4. Power Down

Connect your Docking Station

Your Docking Station needs two things: power and an internet connection.

Power it up

Plug the micro-USB side of the provided cable into the port on the back of the Docking Station, and the other end into the included power adapter. Plug the power adapter into an electrical socket.

Detail (left-top) of the Docking Station back panel with micro-USB port (power) and reset button, and detail (bottom) of the power adapter and USB cable connectors.

When the Docking Station is correctly powered on, the LED next to the micro-USB port on the back of the Docking Station will switch on.

The LED next to the USB port on the back of the Docking Station provides more information on the status of the Docking Station.

  • Only use your Byteflies Kit with the provided cable and power adapter!
  • You should have received a power adapter that is compatible with your country’s electrical socket. If that is not the case, please contact us.

Connect it to the Cloud

The connect your Docking Station to the internet, you will need the password of your home WiFi network. Once you have that, complete the following steps:

  1. Power on the Docking Station and wait for 30 seconds until the LED starts blinking red to activate WiFi pairing mode (see illustration above to find the Docking Station LED).
  2. From any WiFi connected personal device, go to the list of available WiFi networks* and look for one named Byteflies Dock-xxxxxxxxxxxx and connect to it (xx... will be replaced by letters and numbers identifying your Docking Station)
  3. Your browser will open and display a page with available WiFi networks.
  4. Find your personal WiFi network, click the CONNECT button, enter your WiFi password in the pop-up window. You can use the to show your password. When done typing, click CONNECT again. The pop-up window will close when the connection has been made. If the connection fails, you will see an error message.
  5. The “WiFi Status” message at the top of the page should change from Not Connected to Connected to "your WiFi" (where "your WiFi" is the name of your home WiFi network).
  6. If this message does not appear after about 1 minute, please try again and make sure you are entering the correct password for your WiFi network.
  7. Connect your personal device back to your home WiFi network (if you wait one minute after a successful connection, the browser window will close and reconnection to your own network should happen automatically).
  8. If the Docking Station successfully connected to the internet, the LED (see illustration above) will turn blue. Once it is talking to the Byteflies Cloud, the LED will turn green so it is possible you never see the LED turn blue.

*To connect to a WiFi network, follow these instructions:

  • If the device from which you are trying to connect to the Docking Station has another active internet connection (for instance a wired or mobile connection), please disable these first before attempting to connect to Byteflies Dock-xx... network. Otherwise, the Byteflies portal page may not open.
  • Your Docking Station will automatically go into pairing mode any time it cannot find a previously paired WiFi network.
  • If you want to connect the Docking Station to a new WiFi network while a previously configured WiFi network is active, press the reset button at the back of the Docking Station with a pen or paperclip for 3 seconds until the LED starts blinking red to manually activate WiFi pairing mode (see illustration above to find the reset button). It can take up to 1 minute for the WiFi network to appear.

Check the Status of your Sensor Dot(s)

Place all your Sensor Dots on the Docking Station. Their LEDs should activate as shown below. If the LED does not turn on after a few seconds or if it is red, contact support as soon as possible and do not use that Sensor Dot.

LED patterns for docked Sensor Dots.

  • Stop using a Sensor Dot if its LED does not turn on or is red and contact your healthcare provider or Byteflies support as soon as possible.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or Byteflies support if you have trouble connecting your Docking Station (the LED does not turn green).
  • If a Sensor Dot LED is yellow (blinking or solid) while it is on the Docking Station, take it off, gently wipe down the gold pins with a dry cloth, and place it back on the Docking Station. If the yellow LED persists, contact Byteflies support.

Apply the Sensor Patch

Your healthcare provider should have explained to you what they are interested in recording and how you should apply your Sensor Dot(s), cradle(s), and adhesive(s). Below, a limited number of frequently used configurations are explained in more detail but it is possible you were asked to follow specific instructions. If that is the case, please refer to that documentation.

  • As with everything that needs to stick to your skin, make sure the area where you are planning to place an adhesive component is clean, dry, and free of excess body hair. Do not use solvents are abrasive materials to clean the skin prior to application of an ECG Adhesive or EEG Adhesive as that may lead to skin irritation.
  • Never apply any of the provided adhesives to injured skin. Adhesives should only be used on areas of intact external skin that are large enough to support its entire surface area.

The following symbols are used to explain assembly steps:

Magnetic connection
Adhesive, peel off protective liner, apply and press firmly
Connect snap buttons

To apply a Double-sided Adhesive:

  1. Peel the adhesive off the plastic liner and firmly press the Cradle on to the exposed sticky pad.
  2. Peel the liner off the other side, apply to your skin as instructed by your healthcare provider and press firmly.

In the illustration, a 4-Wire Cradle is shown as an example but the same procedure applies to the Motion Patch and any other type of Brain Patch.

Step 1 (left); Step 2 (right).

Motion Patch

The Motion Patch is a sandwich of:

  1. Sensor Dot
  2. Motion Cradle
  3. Double-sided Adhesive

To assemble a Motion Patch:

  • Peel the plastic liner off a Double-sided Adhesive and firmly press the bottom of the Motion Cradle on the exposed sticky part.
  • Peel the protective liner off the other side of the Double-sided Adhesive and apply to your skin as indicated by your healthcare provider and press firmly.
  • Place the Sensor Dot in the Motion Cradle, with the gold-colored pins facing down.

The illustration below shows a configuration with two Motion Patches which can be used to get accurate measurements on how you are walking and your general activity patterns. This is just one of many possible configurations, please follow the instructions from healthcare provider carefully!

Motion Patch mounted on upper left arm and right ankle.

Cardiorespiratory Patch

The Cardiorespiratory Patch can be a sandwich of:

  1. Sensor Dot
  2. 2-Snap Cradle or 4-Wire Cradle
  3. ECG Adhesive or Double-sided Adhesive with 3rd party biopotential electrodes

To assemble a Cardiorespiratory Patch with a 2-Snap Cradle and ECG Adhesive:

  • Attach a 2-Snap Cradle on the ECG Adhesive with the snap buttons.
  • Peel the protective liner off the ECG Adhesive, apply to your chest as indicated by your healthcare provider and press firmly.
  • Place the Sensor Dot in the 2-Snap Cradle, with the gold-colored pins facing down.

The illustration below shows two configurations that can be used to record information about your heart and lung function.

Cardiorespiratory Patch mounted on chest in diagonal (top) or horizontal (bottom) configurations.

To assemble a Cardiorespiratory Patch with a 4-Wire Cradle:

It is unlikely you need to perform all the steps described below yourself. Your healthcare provider should have done most of these for you and provided you with additional information. When in doubt them, contact them!

  • Peel the plastic liner off a Double-sided Adhesive and firmly press the bottom of the 4-Wire Cradle on the exposed sticky part.
  • Attach 2 or 4 electrode leads to the 4-Wire Cradle.
  • Attach 2 or 4 electrodes to the electrode leads as indicated by the manufacturer.
  • Peel the protective liner off the other side of the Double-sided Adhesive, apply to your chest as indicated by your healthcare provider and press firmly.
  • Apply the 2 or 4 electrodes as indicated by your healthcare provider.
  • Place the Sensor Dot in the 4-Wire Cradle, with the gold-colored pins facing down.

The illustration below shows a configuration that can be used to record information about your heart and lung function.

Cardiorespiratory Patch with 3rd party electrodes mounted on chest in diagonal configuration.

Brain Patch

The Brain Patch can be a sandwich of:

  1. Sensor Dot
  2. 4-Wire Cradle/4-Snap Cradle/3-Snap Cradle right/3-Snap Cradle left
  3. Double-sided Adhesive
  4. EEG Adhesive or 3rd party EEG electrodes

The assembly of a Brain Patch depends on which type of Byteflies Kit Cradle you are using. The steps below explain a potential configuration with a 4-Wire Cradle and EEG Adhesive, but this may not be applicable to your use case. The 4-Snap Cradle/3-Snap Cradle right/3-Snap Cradle left can be used in a very similar way to assemble a Brain Patch, with a direct connection between the Cradle and the 3rd party EEG electrodes or EEG Adhesives.

It is unlikely you need to perform all the steps described below yourself. Your healthcare provider should have done most of these for you and provided you with additional information. When in doubt them, contact them!

  • Peel the plastic liner off a Double-sided Adhesive and firmly press the bottom of the 4-Wire Cradle on the exposed sticky part.
  • Attach 2 or 4 electrode leads to the 4-Wire Cradle.
  • Peel the protective liner off the EEG Adhesive(s) and apply behind an ear and press firmly. Take care to not let any hair get under the adhesive.
  • Attach 2 electrode leads to an EEG Adhesive. Repeat if you were instructed to use two EEG Adhesives.
  • Peel the protective liner off the other side of the Double-sided Adhesive, apply to the back of your neck or as indicated by your healthcare provider and press firmly.
  • Place the Sensor Dot in the Cradle, with the gold-colored pins facing down.

The illustration below shows a configuration that can be used to record information on your brain function.

If you are using 3rd party EEG electrodes instead of EEG Adhesives, simply adjust step 3 and 4.

EEG adhesives or other electrodes placed behind the ears and Brain Patch at the back of the neck.

Start or Continue a Recording

Before you continue, make sure your:

  • Patch(es) (cradles & adhesives) are correctly applied (see higher)
  • The Docking Station is powered on, connected, and the docked Sensor Dots show a solid green LED (see higher)

Starting a recording is as simple as taking the Sensor Dot out of the Docking Station and placing it in the Sensor Patch. A single Sensor Dot should last for at least 24 hours. Depending on how long your healthcare provider instructed you to record data, follow these steps (the numbers correspond to the illustration below):

  1. Take a Sensor Dot with a solid green LED out of the Docking Station.
  2. Place it in the Sensor Patch which should already be affixed to your body as explained earlier.
  3. Record for up to 24 hours (or as long as your healthcare provider indicated).
  4. Take the Sensor Dot out of the Sensor Patch and place it back in any free slot on the Docking Station; the LED will turn orange to indicate the recorded data is being transferred.
  5. Repeat with a new Sensor Dot to continue recording.
  6. If, after transferring their recordings, one or more Sensor Dots need to be switched off, e.g. for transport, this can be achieved by unplugging the Docking Station from the power socket. The LEDs of the docked Sensor Dots will switch off, indicating a shutdown.
24-hour recording cycle with a Heart-Lung Patch.

Note that Sensor Patches typically can stay on longer than 24 hours before needing to be refreshed. Follow the instructions of your healthcare provider. When in doubt, contact them or Byteflies support.

When a Sensor Dot is out of the Docking Station, its LED can mean the following:

LED patterns for undocked Sensor Dots.

  • Stop using a Sensor Dot if its LED does not turn on or is red and contact your healthcare provider or Byteflies support as soon as possible.
  • If a Sensor Dot LED turns yellow (blinking or solid), try docking and undocking it. If the yellow LED persists, contact Byteflies support.
  • Do not shower or bathe with a Sensor Dot!
  • If your healthcare provider provided you with specific instructions on showering/bathing, follow those instead. You still should never shower or bathe with a Sensor Dot in a Sensor Patch.

Power Down

It is safe to unplug a Docking Station at any time. All Sensor Dots docked in the Docking Station will also power off. If a recording was being transferred, it will not be lost but the transfer process will have to start again once the Docking Station is powered on. To turn the Docking Station and Sensor Dots back on, simply plug the power adapter back in an outlet. If the WiFi network that was set up earlier is still in range, the connection to the Byteflies Cloud will be restored as well.

If you want to connect your Docking Station to a new WiFi network, follow the connection instructions again.


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